JUNE 2013 HEADS above the Rest®

June 3, 2013
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HEADS above the Rest® 

by Benoit Gateau-Cumin

The Newsletter of The Boutique Search Firm, a worldwide retained recruiting firm specializing in hospitality management.

 

Global Update: Who’s where and doing what

JUNE 2013

 

THE AMERICAS

Caesars Entertainment has named Tom Arasi President of Hospitality. He is the former President and Chief Executive Officer of the $5.7 billion Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. Previously, he has held senior roles at Intercontinental Hotels Group and Tishman Realty. He also worked at Salomon Brothers.

Thomas Steinhauer has been appointed Regional Vice President and General Manager of the Four Seasons Orlando. Since 2004, he had served as Regional Vice President and General Manager at the Four Seasons Maui. He is the former General Manager of the Four Seasons New York and Hotel Manager of the Four Seasons Boston. From 1990 to 1994, he was part of the Executive Team at the Phoenician.

Leslie Pchola has been appointed Area Vice President, Southeast, at Hilton Worldwide. She was most recently serving as General Manager of the Hilton Austin and is a former Hotel Manager of the Hilton Chicago.

Terry Green is now in Indianapolis as General Manager at the Omni Severin Hotel. He has been with Omni for ten years and was most recently the General Manager of the Omni Austin at Southpark. He is the former Director of Sales and Marketing at the Omni Austin Downtown.

Wyndham has appointed Kathy Maher Senior Vice President, Revenue Management. For the past twelve years, she had been with Hilton, most recently as Vice President, Revenue Management.

Barry Bloom has joined Inland American Lodging Advisor as Executive Vice President of Asset Management and Chief Operating Officer. He is the former Executive Vice President of Portfolio Management and Administration for CNL Hotels & Resorts.

Heimo Brandstatter has moved to Phoenix as General Manager for the Cibola Vista Resort. He was most recently the Resort Manager at the Resort at Squaw Creek. He had previously overseen food and beverage at the Boulders Resort and Golden Door Spa and at the Carmel Valley Ranch.

Robert LaCasse has been appointed General Manager at the Hyatt Regency Newport in Rhode Island. Most recently, he served as Regional Director of Operations for Interstate Hotels & Resorts. He is the former General Manager at the Sheraton Austin.

Demetrio Maduro has returned to the CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort and Spa in the new role of General Manager. He had previously served the resort as Director of Groups and Conventions. Maduro was most recently the General Manager at the Renaissance Caracas La Castellana Hotel.

Wonny Rengersen has joined the Petersen Village Inn in Solvang as General Manager. For the past two years, she had been the General Manager at the Inn at Dos Brisas in Texas. Rengersen is the former Director of Lodging for the Resort at Paws Up and was the Hotel Director at Lajitas.

Philippe Eversdijk has been appointed General Manager for the Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort in Curaçao. He had previously served as General Manager for the Marriott Clearwater Beach Hotel in Tampa Bay.

Victor Tiffany has moved to Florida to join Seminole Gaming. He had spent the past six years in Australia with Echo Entertainment Group as Head of Hospitality and Entertainment, and at Tabcorp in a similar role. A Cornell graduate, Tiffany also served as opening Vice President of Food and Beverage at Atlantic City’s Borgata and developed the Hard Rock Hotel San Diego for Tarsadia.

David Altobello has joined Interstate Hotels & Resorts as Senior Vice President of Development and Acquisitions. He is the former Managing Director with Rockwood Real Estate Advisors and Vice President with Molinaro Koger.

George Cozonis takes over from Hans Hordijk as General Manager at the Plaza. He is the former General Manager for the W Miami South Beach and the W Vieques.

Steve Zanella has been promoted to President and Chief Operating Officer of the MGM Grand Detroit. Zanella had served as General Manager since 2010. He is the former Senior Vice President of Marketing for the MGM Grand Las Vegas.

Martha’s Vineyard’s Winnetu Oceanside Resort has named Dan Scully General Manager. He was most recently overseeing Boston Magazine. At Winnetu, he takes over for long-time General Manager Roderick Anderson.

The Kona Kai Resort and Spa in San Diego has appointed Joe St. Laurent General Manager. He is the former Director of Rooms and Operations of the Paradise Point Resort and Spa, San Diego.

The Loews Philadelphia has named Sean Clancy General Manager. He was most recently with the Loews Miami Beach Hotel as Hotel Manager. Clancy is the former General Manager of the Boca Beach Club, a Waldorf Astoria Resort.

Tom Xavier has joined the Luxe City Center Hotel as General Manager. He was most recently Task Force General Manager with Dolce Hotels and Resorts. He is the former General Manager of the Renaissance Las Vegas.

The Sierra Nevada Resort has appointed Brent Truax General Manager. He is the former General Manager at the Westin Monache Resort Mammoth, the Peaks in Telluride and the Mirbeau Inn & Spa.

Mohamed Elbanna has been named Hotel Manager at the Four Seasons Westlake Village. He was most recently the Resort Manager at the Four Seasons Nevis. Elbanna is the former Director of Food and Beverage at the Four Seasons Alexandria and the Ritz-Carlton Chicago.

Diego Stembert has been promoted to Resort Manager at the Four Seasons Nevis, taking over from Mohamed Elbanna. Stembert had joined the resort in 2010 as Director of Rooms. He is the former Director of Operations for the Grand Mauritian Resort.

Jones Lang LaSalle has named Christie Kelly Chief Financial Officer, replacing Lauralee Martin, who became Chief Executive Officer for the Americas business in January. Kelly was most recently the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Duke Realty Corporation. She had previously served in similar roles with Lehman Brothers and General Electric.

Danny Corral has moved to New York’s Plaza as Director of Finance. For the past seven years, he had been in the same position at the St. Regis New York. He is the former Director of Finance at the Essex House.

Andrew Blair has been appointed Controller for the Cheyenne Mountain Resort. He was previously the Resort Controller and Director of Finance for Hammock Beach in Florida while also overseeing finance at the Reunion Resort in Kissimmee.

Chia-Hui Lin has been appointed Controller at the Hotel Granduca in Houston. She was previously the General Manager for the Hilton Garden Inn Houston Westbelt. She is the former Corporate Controller for Allied Hospitality.

Gerry Peck has been named Director of Finance for the Shore Hotel in Santa Monica. Peck is a former Regional Controller with Joie de Vivre Hotels.

Mel van den Bergh has joined the Four Seasons Nevis as Director of Food and Beverage. The CIA graduate was most recently overseeing food and beverage for the Omni Orlando. He is the former Director of Food and Beverage at the Loews Miami.

The Four Seasons Philadelphia has named Phil Clough Food and Beverage Director. He was most recently in the same position at the Four Seasons Lana’i. He is the former Food and Beverage Director at the Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch.

Peggy Williams-Smith has been promoted to Corporate Vice President of Food and Beverage at Marcus Hotels & Resorts in Milwaukee. She was most recently serving as Senior Corporate Director, Catering Sales and Event Management.

Al Ferrone has been named Vice President of Food and Beverage with Rim Hospitality. He is the former Vice President of Hospitality at Caesars Entertainment in Las Vegas and Senior Corporate Director of Food and Beverage Operations with Hilton Worldwide.

Serge Couturiaux has been appointed Corporate Food and Beverage Director for Melia Hotels Cuba Division. He is the former General Manager at the Hotel G Beijing.

Jacques Chrétien has joined the Viceroy San Lucia as Executive Chef and Director of Food and Beverage. For the past ten years, he had been in Los Cabos, running Café Riviera as Chef and Owner. He is the former Executive Chef at Esperanza and the Presidente InterContinental Mexico City.

Katherine Melchior-Ray has been named to the newly created role of Vice President, Luxury Brands, for Hyatt Hotels. She was most recently the Executive Director of Strategic Planning at Gucci in Japan. She is the former Vice President of Marketing for Louis Vuitton Japan and for Tommy Hilfiger Japan.

Tony Bruno has been appointed Vice President of Special Projects for Rim Hospitality. He was most recently the General Manager for the Sheraton Park Hotel. He had previously served nearly 25 years with Disneyland Resort properties in California.

George Fleck has been promoted to Vice President, Global Brand Management for Le Méridien and Westin based in Stamford. He was previously the Senior Brand Director for W Hotels and Le Méridien, and the former Director of Marketing at the W Barcelona.

Dianna Balabon has joined Rosewood Hotels and Resorts as Vice President – Sales and Marketing, taking over from Ralph Aruzza who moved to Orient-Express. Balabon had previously overseen sales and marketing for Andre Balasz Properties, the New York Palace, Trump International and Peninsula Hotels.

Richard Rodriguez has returned to Occidental Hotels to take the post of Vice President of Sales and Marketing USA. He had previously served as Director of Sales and Marketing for the company before taking on his most recent role as Director of Sales and Marketing at Karisma Hotel & Resorts.

Doug Kaminski has moved as Director of Sales and Marketing to the Four Seasons Miami. He was most recently with the Four Seasons Silicon Valley where he had been Director of Marketing for three years.

Samantha Spurgeon has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at the W South Beach Hotel & Residences. She was most recently with both the Westin Maui Resort & Spa and Westin Ka¹anapali Ocean Resort Villas as Director of Sales and Marketing after overseeing sales and marketing for the W Westwood for three years.

Barry Cockrum has been named as Director of Sales and Marketing for the Alexander in Indianapolis. He had previously served in sales and marketing roles for the JW Marriott Indianapolis, the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown and the Detroit Marriott at Centerpoint.

Justin Bird has joined the Lodge and Spa at Cordillera as Director of Sales and Marketing. He is the former Corporate Director of Sales and Strategy for MetWest Terra Hospitality.

Destination Hotels & Resorts has promoted Kevin Barosso Assistant Vice President of National Sales. He was most recently the Director of Group Sales at Terranea Resort.

Denielle Godwin has been appointed Director of Sales and Catering for the Costa d’Este Beach Resort in Florida. She was previously the Director of Sales for both the Westgate Resort & Spa in Park City and the Westgate River Ranch in Florida.

Jeff Gillick has been named Director of Sales and Marketing at Kona Kai Resort and Spa. He is the former Director of Sales and Marketing at Bacara Resort and Spa and the Boulders.

Deirdre Yack has moved to the Lexington New York as Director of Sales and Marketing. She was most recently serving in the same capacity for the Hyatt 48 Lex. Yack is the former Assistant Vice President of National Sales for Denihan Hospitality.

Daniel Keyser has been named Executive Director of Resort Sales at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. He was most recently the Regional Director of Sales and Marketing for BF Saul Company‘s Hospitality division. Keyser is also a KSL veteran, who handled sales and marketing at Rancho Las Palmas, La Quinta and Emerald Pointe.

New York’s Hotel Chandler has appointed Mike Stewart Director of Sales and Marketing. Most recently, he served as director of corporate accounts at the Empire in New York. Stewart is a former Sales Manager at the Roosevelt Hotel and Director of Sales at the Executive Hotel Pacific, both in Seattle.

Michael McMahon has joined the Arizona Biltmore as Director of Sales and Marketing, taking over from Stephanie Hinckley now Vice President Sales for Loews Hotels. McMahon is the former General Manager at the Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain and the Ritz-Carlton Naples Golf Resort.

Todd Scholl has been named Director of Sales and Marketing for the Hotel Sorella Country Club Plaza in Kansas City, slated to open this fall. He is the former Director of Sales and Marketing for the Peabody Hotel in Little Rock and for the Hyatt Regency Tulsa.

Jackson Ferguson has been named Director of Sales and Marketing for the Warwick San Francisco. He was most recently in Bangkok as Director of Sales and Marketing at the Rembrandt Hotel.

Richard Ross has been appointed Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa. He was most recently the Vice President and Director of Sales and Marketing for Remington Hotels, based at the Hilton Fort Worth. Ross is the former Complex Director of Sales and Marketing at the Buffalo Thunder Resort.

L’Auberge Del Mar has promoted Robert Harter to Director of Sales and Marketing. He joined the resort last year as Director of Sales. Harter is the former Associate Director of Group Sales at La Costa Resort and Spa and the Rancho Bernardo Inn.

Jeffrey Livingston takes over from Robert Harter with a promotion to Director of Sales at L’Auberge Del Mar. He was previously the Associate Director of Sales and National Sales Manager for the resort.

The Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort has named Nancy Wilkerson Director of Group Sales. This is promotion from her most recent role at the resort as Director of Regional Sales based in Atlanta.

L’Auberge Del Mar has named Jamie Clave Sales Manager. She was previously in the same position at sister property, the Estancia La Jolla Hotel.

Donna Smith has been appointed Director of Leisure and Travel Industry Sales at the Grove Park Inn and the Homestead. She had previously headed Leisure & Industry Sales for North America and Canada for Salamander Resorts & Hotels.

The JW Marriott Denver Cherry Creek has named Colin Bennett Sales Manager. He spent the past twelve years working with Hyatt Hotels and Resorts, most recently serving as a Sales Manager at the Grand Hyatt Denver Downtown and the Hyatt Regency Denver at the Colorado Convention Center.

Melanie Hague has joined the JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa and Rampart Casino as Director of Events. She was most recently a Senior Catering Manager at Wynn and Encore Las Vegas.

Tiera Steele has been appointed Director of Revenue Management at the Eldorado Hotel & Spa in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She was most recently Director of Revenue Management for the Arizona Golf Resort & Conference Center.

Valeria Benner has been named Executive Chef at the Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel in Chicago. She was most recently overseeing the Lockwood Restaurant in the Palmer House Hilton Hotel. Benner is the former Executive Chef and Food and Beverage Director at the Pump Room at the former Ambassador East Hotel, now the Public Chicago.

Ben Jones has joined the Resort at Paws Up as Executive Chef. He was most recently with the Blue Canyon Kitchen and Tavern as Executive Chef. He is a former chef with Levy Restaurants and the Peninsula Chicago.

Michael Rotondo has joined the Ritz-Carlton San Francisco as Executive Chef for Parallel 37. Since 2009 he had been in Chicago as Chef de Cuisine for Charlie Trotter’s.

Daniel Harrison Dumont has been appointed Executive Chef for the Taj Boston. The CIA graduate was previously the Vice President of Culinary and Corporate Chef for Ocean Properties.

Steve Topple is now in Idaho as Executive Chef at the Shore Lodge. For the past two years, he had been in Vail, overseeing the kitchen for the Sonnenalp Resort. Topple is the former Executive Chef at Beano’s Cabin in Beaver Creek.

Mark Timms has returned to the Capitol City to join the Fairmont Washington, D.C. as Executive Chef. He was the former Executive Chef at the Fairfax at Embassy Row before taking on the Executive Chef post at the Inn at Perry Cabin.

Eric Scuiller has joined the Sofitel Miami as Executive Chef. For the past year, he had been in a similar post with the Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort & Spa. He is the former Executive Chef at the Fiestamericana Grand Coral Beach Cancun, the Ritz Carlton Grand Cayman and the Beverly Hills Hotel.

Michael DeStefano has been promoted to Executive Chef at the Monarch in Chicago. He moves up from his most recent post as Sous Chef to take over from Andrew Brochu.

Thorsten Leighty has joined the New Orleans Marriott as Executive Chef. He was most recently in the same role for the Eden Roc, a Renaissance Beach Resort & Spa in Miami Beach.

Leighty is the former Executive Chef for the JW Marriott Ihilani Resort & Spa in Hawaii and Executive Sous Chef for the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa in Tucson.

Gunnar Thompson has been named Executive Chef for Primland Resort taking over from Andrea Griffith. Thompson is the former Executive Chef at Chateau du Sureau in Oakhurst. He was previously in Durham as Sous Chef for the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club for two years.

Daniela Koch has been promoted to Director of Rooms at the InterContinental Mark Hopkins in San Francisco. She was most recently the hotel’s Rooms Division Manager and had previously served in rooms positions at the InterContinental Hong Kong.

The JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa and Rampart Casino has named Kevin Glass Director of Room Operations. He most recently served as Director of Resort Operations for the Cosmopolitan Las Vegas.

The Hotel Vermont has appointed Jessica Andreola Assistant General Manager. She was most recently with the Courtyard Burlington Harbor as Operations Manager.

John Q. Hammons has died at 94. He entered the hotel industry in 1958 and joined with Roy E. Winegardner to purchase their first ten Holiday Inn franchises from founder Kemmons Wilson. The rest is history.

 

EUROPE

Oscar Del Campo has moved to Mallorca to take on the role of Complex General Manager, responsible for the St. Regis Mardavall, Hotel Castillo Son Vida and the soon-to-be-relaunched Sheraton Mallorca Arabella Golf Hotel. He was most recently the Hotel Manager of Le Méridien Piccadilly.

Sergio Leandro takes over from Oscar Del Campo as Hotel Manager of Le Méridien Piccadilly. Leandro had been with the Sheraton Algarve in Portugal since 1999 and was most recently serving as Complex Director of Operations for the entire resort, including the Pine Cliffs Luxury Collection Residencies.

Matthias Roeke has been named Managing Director of the Rosewood London, slated to open in October. He is the former General Manager for the China World Summit Wing Beijing, and the Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa.

Kenyon Price has been appointed General Manager at Castello di Casole. He had previously managed the Palazzo Arzaga Hotel in Northern Italy and the St. Regis Rome.

Frédéric Picard has been named General Manager at the Château Saint-Martin & Spa in Vence. He is the former General Manager at the Palais Namaskar in Marrakesh, its sister property within the Oetker Collection.

Danilo Iovieno has been named General Manager at Le Palais Prague. He is the former General Manager of the Raito Hotel on the Amalfi Coast.

Tristan Nesbitt has been appointed General Manager of the Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa, Edinburgh. He was most recently the Hotel Manager at the Sheraton Park Tower in London.

Sue Finlay takes over from Tristan Nesbitt as Hotel Manager of the Sheraton Park Tower. Finlay had spent the past 22 years at the Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa in Edinburgh most recently as the Director of Sales and Marketing, a role she held for the past twelve years.

Stefan Buchs has been appointed Area General Manager for Switzerland at Steigenberger. He is the former Vice President Europe, Middle East and Africa at Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts, based in London.

Andy Roger is now overseeing the running of Cameron House. He had previously served in managerial roles at the Malmaison Aberdeen and at One Devonshire Gardens.

Simon Franks is now overseeing Buckland Manor in the Cotswolds. He was most recently the General Manager at the BathPriory.

Andrew Foulkes takes over from Simon Franks as General Manager at the Bath Priory. Foulkes was most recently the General Manager of Gidleigh Park.

Damien Bastiat takes over from Andrew Foulkes with his promotion to General Manager at Gidleigh Park. He moves up from his role as Operations Manager.

Bjorn van der Horst has joined the Rosewood London as Director of Food and Beverage and Culinary Operations. He had previously served in culinary positions for Soneva Fushi Resorts and Spas, the Eastside Inn in London and La Noisette with Gordon Ramsay.

Cornel Uys has been promoted to Executive Chef at Ardanaiseig on Loch Awe, taking over from Gary Goldie. Uys was most recently Goldie’s Sous Chef.

The Hotel Métropole Monte-Carlo has appointed Claudia Venturini Director of Sales and Marketing. She is the former Sales Director with Fairmont Hotels & Resorts based at the Fairmont Nile City.

At Orient-Express, the new Vice President Human Resources is Amrita Bhalla. Since July 2010, she had been the Executive Vice President, Human Resources, for Oberoi. From 2005 to 2010, Bhalla was the Toronto-based Director of Recruitment and Development for Four Seasons.

Rosewood London has named Brad Simmons Director of Sales. He was most recently with the Maybourne Group as Assistant Director of Sales for the Connaught, Claridges and the Berkeley.

Anna Nash has been appointed Director of Communications for the Rosewood London. For the past eleven years, she had been with Orient-Express Trains & Cruises, most recently as Director of Public Relations.

Mark Scholfield has been appointed Director of Event Management and Operations for the Rosewood London. He was most recently with RBS as Group General Manager of Hospitality.

Sushisamba in London has appointed Cláudio Cardoso Executive Chef. Cardoso most recently helped open Il Mercato in Ritz-Carlton’sPenha Longa Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort in Portugal. He is the former Chef de Partie at the Burj Khalifa, Armani Hotel in Dubai and Sous Chef at Kaiten Sushi in Avenida, Portugal.

Matt Weedon has joined Fallowfields in Oxfordshire as Head Chef. He is the former Head Chef at Lords of the Manor in the Cotswolds.

Lords of the Manor has appointed Richard Edwards as Head Chef replacing Matt Weedon. For the past three years, Edwards had been with Lucknam Park, most recently as Head Chef.

Paul Evans and Chris Weatherstone have joined Lords of the Manor as Sous Chefs. For the past three years, Evans was at the Crown at Whitebrook, while Weatherstone comes to the property after five years at Simpsons in Birmingham.

Sam O’Neil has been named General Manager at Drake &Morgan’s the Happenstance. He was most recently overseeing the Refinery.

 

ASIA AND THE PACIFIC

Richard Griffith-Joneswas recently appointed Director, Hotel Planning and Design, with Melco Crown Entertainment. He was previously the Director of Technical Services with Hyatt International SWA.

Jean Keijdener has moved to Bangkok to take over as Country General Manager, Thailand, for Ascott. He was most recently the Country General Manager for South Korea, managing the Somerset Palace Seoul.

Yuji Tanaka has been appointed General Manager at the Ritz-Carlton Kyoto. He was most recently the Hotel Manager at the Ritz-Carlton Tokyo and Interim General Manager for the Ritz-Carlton Osaka.

Franz Zeller has been appointed Senior Vice President, Asia, at Millennium Hotels & Resorts. Most recently, he was Managing Director of Archipelago Hotels & Resorts, based in Kuala Lumpur. He is the former Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Taj Luxury Hotels.

Le Méridien Bora Bora has promoted Boumédiène Ouadjed to General Manager. For the past two years, Ouadjed had served as Assistant General Manager for the resort. He is the former Complex Director of Sales and Marketing at Le Méridien Libreville in Gabon.

Rodolfo Fao has been appointed General Manager of Hawaii’s newly re-opened Volcano House Hotel. He was most recently with Outrigger Hotels as Assistant General Manager for the Ohana Honolulu Airport Hotel, and the Best Western The Plaza Airport Hotel.

Erkin Aytekin has been appointed General Manager at the Sofitel Sydney Wentworth. He was most recently the General Manager of the Novotel Melbourne St Kilda.

Llewellyn Wyeth has moved into the General Manager role at the Novotel Melbourne St Kilda that was vacated by Erkin Aytekin. Wyeth had previously served in regional positions for Accor in Melbourne and Perth.

Mark Losi has been appointed General Manager at the PARKROYAL Kuala Lumpur. He is the former General Manager at the PARKROYAL Penang Resort, the Pan Pacific Orchard Singapore and, most recently, the PARKROYAL on Beach Road in Singapore.

Jennifer Cheung has been promoted to General Manager of EAST, Hong Kong. She was most recently serving as Hotel Manager and Director of Sales and Marketing for the hotel.

Michael Faulkner has been appointed General Manager at EAST, Beijing. He is the former Director of Sales and Marketing at the Metropolitan in London.

Peter Wynne has been appointed area General Manager – Beijing at Swire Hotels. He is the former General Manager – Projects and Development for Swire.

Dean Winter has been appointed Area Director of Operations, Hong Kong Hotels and China Projects, at Swire Hotels. He is previously the Area General Manager for the company and the former General Manager at The Upper House. Winter is also a Mandarin Oriental veteran.

John Roberts has been promoted to General Manager at Jumeirah Himalayas Shanghai. He joined the hotel in 2010 as Hotel Manager and is the former General Manager of the Marco Polo Jinjiang in China.

Simon Hirst moves with Raffles from the Seychelles to Singapore as General Manager. Prior to joining Raffles, he had been running One Aldwych in London and its sister properties, Campbell Gray Hotels. In the Seychelles, his successor is Christoph Ganster, from the Fairmont Cairo.

Francois-Regis Simon has been appointed Hotel Manager at the Four Seasons Shenzhen. He was most recently the Hotel Manager at the Four Seasons Hong Kong after joining two years before as Director of Food and Beverage. Simon is the former Assistant Director of Food and Beverage at the Four Seasons George V Paris.

Vivien He has been appointed Director of Human Resources at the Four Seasons Shenzhen. She is the former Director of Human Resources for the Crowne Plaza Panda Garden Chengdu, the Four Points by Sheraton Beijing and the Aloft Beijing.

Lee Kelly has been appointed Director of Food and Beverage at the Four Seasons Singapore. Kelly was most recently the Director of Food and Beverage at the Four Seasons London at Canary Wharf.

Bastian Germer has joined the Ritz-Carlton Osaka as Executive Assistant Manager Food and Beverage. He was most recently the Hotel Manager at London’s Renaissance St. Pancras.

Paul Gert Beuchel has joined the JW Marriott Jakarta as Director of Food and Beverage. He is the former Director of Food and Beverage at the Shangri-La Mactan Resort & Spa and the Shangri-La Changchun.

Chris Bateman has joined the Four Seasons Hualalai as Executive Chef. He was most recently the Executive Chef at the Jumeirah Creekside Hotel, Dubai.

Tony Coveney has been named Director of Rooms at the Four Seasons Sydney. He was most recently the Director of Rooms with the Four Seasons Dublin.

 

MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA

Rami Sayess has been named Regional Vice President and General Manager at Four Seasons Doha. He was most recently in the same role for the Four Seasons Bangkok. He is the former Hotel Manager at the Four Seasons Amman and General Manager at the Four Seasons Riyadh at Kingdom Centre.

Andrew Humphries has joined Viceroy Hotels in Dubai as Regional Vice President. Since 1997, he had been with Four Seasons, most recently as Regional Vice President and General Manager at the Four Seasons Nevis. Humphries is the former Regional Vice President and General Manager at the Four Seasons Amman and Hotel Manager with the Four Seasons Park Lane, London.

Hans Hordijk is now in Dubai with Fairmont Hotels and Resorts as General Manager, Special Projects. He was most recently in New York as General Manager at the Plaza. Hordijk is the former General Manager of the Fairmont Beijing, the Oberoi Rajvilas and served as Vice President Operations at Echelon Las Vegas.

The Taj Palace Marrakech has named Dino Van Eeckhaut General Manager, taking over from Yves Wencker. Van Eeckhaut is the former General Manager of the Palmeraie Golf Palace, also in Marrakech.

Dirk Bansemer has been appointed Executive Assistant Manager Food and Beverage at the Jumeirah Zabeel Saray in Dubai. He was most recently the Director of Food and Beverage at the Al Faisaliah and Al Khozama Hotel in Saudi Arabia for Rosewood Hotels.

Carine Aubrun is now in Abu Dhabi as Talent Acquisition Manager for the Viceroy Hotel Group. She was most recently the Recruitment Manager at the Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme.

John Pelling, the 52-year-old British General Manager of the St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort in Abu Dhabi, was killed in a car accident. Prior to joining the hotel during pre-opening in 2010, he had been the General Manager of Raffles Dubai. Pelling was also a ten-year Jumeirah veteran.


 

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